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TelephoneDirectories is an online service available to members of the public to access using their mobile phones or through their computer browsers to run non-Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliant checks. This service offers a people search and a phone number lookup service. TelephoneDirectories offer people search with information such as name, age, relatives, and associates for free while additional information is packaged as a confidential comprehensive background check which is billed after a free trial membership.
Telephone Directories has a free phone directory on its homepage which it has segmented into all of the fifty states of the United States of America. This directory is free to use and allows users to find records sequentially by clicking through the links without having to carry out searches. The background check offers additional information such as phone numbers, email addresses, location history, social media profile, marital status, and court records.
Since the information available on the TelephoneDirectories is non-FCRA compliant they should not be used for any purposes covered by the FCRA act such as job selection, insurance, credit evaluation, and other related uses. Telephone Directories records are collected from telephone directories, marketing surveys, social networks, business websites, and other public sources.
The type of information collected from users include:
- Contact information and Demographic Information: TelephoneDirectories collect the first name and last name, email address, telephone number, and other related contact information from users as they register to use the service.
- Passwords and other credential information: these are information created on the website and used for authentication and also to log in to the website.
- Payment information: This is collected at the point of purchase of any service from Telephone Directories
- Use patterns of users: This comprises (but is not restricted to) search items entered by the user, pages visited, links clicked on the website, and items purchased.
- User identification information: This includes the internet protocol (IP) address of the device, device identifiers, data on the internet network of users, the operating system of their computer, software used to connect to the services provided by TelephoneDirectories.
Opting out of the TelephoneDirectories records is easy and instantaneous and can be done by the users of the service themselves.
How to Opt Out of TelephoneDirectories
TelephoneDirectories offers users of the service a method to remove their data from its records if they no longer want to be listed in these records. The steps to removing a record from the TelephoneDirectories databases are as follows:
Use your smartphone or computer browser and go to TelephoneDirectories website.
Click on the 'people search' search bar at the top of the home page and enter in the first name, middle name, last name, and phone number and click on 'search'.
Identify the record on the search result page and select it by clicking on it or the 'see result' button by the entry.
Copy the URL of the record from your browser and return to the homepage of TelephoneDirectories.
Scroll to the bottom of the homepage and select the 'Removal' link to use the content removal tool.
Paste in the copied link of the record that you want to be removed from the database into the form field, click on 'removal' and complete the CAPTCHA. The record is removed immediately and will no longer be displayed on the Telephone Directories website
TelephoneDirectories shares information collected from users with their third-party partners in the process of completing transactions, making a purchase, and performing other services. Information is also shared with payment processing companies as a means of fraud prevention. Removal of a record from the database of TelephoneDirectories can be completed without the need to subscribe, create an account or pay for the removal.
Records deleted from the TelephoneDirectories databases do not show up again immediately after they are removed. A search carried out immediately after the removal can confirm this. The records stored by TelephoneDirectories are indexed by search engines such as Google and are however still available for some time on Google searches even after they have been removed from the database of the service. Users of the service who want to remove their records but who may have any difficulties during the process can get in touch with the service through the contact form available through the 'Support' link on the footer of the website, or by email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Difficulties Exist when Opting Out of TelephoneDirectories
Opting out of the records on TelephoneDirectories is done through a straightforward process and the records are removed immediately after the user completes the removal process on the website. TelephoneDirectories only offers an email address and a web contact form on its website to follow up on this process.
Some people search and background services have records that have been removed in the past becoming available once again on the website, since the records are originally sourced from public records which are not deleted even though the record on the website has been deleted. TelephoneDirectories does not indicate if this is possible with records removed from their databases. Users who find themselves in this scenario and need to contact customer support for any information should send an email to email@example.com or send a message through the online 'Contact Us' form.
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